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Drink up and say cheers to the healthy goodness of Apple Cider Vinegar!

Apple Cider Vinegar is a miracle potion for good health, glowing skin and fabulous hair! It is not the easiest thing to drink, but if you think of it as a liquid vitamin for your health, it will become easier to drink this bitter potion of wholesome and natural goodness! There are many reasons you should be incorporating Apple Cider Vinegar in your life, and most, if not all (there are so many!) are listed below:

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WEIGHT LOSS:

Apples are high in pectin, a type of insoluble fiber. This is particularly important because high-fiber foods increase feelings of satisfaction and fullness. As its name implies, apple cider vinegar is made from apples. Just like apples, apple cider vinegar is high in pectin. If you drink a glass of water with 1 or 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before your meals, the insoluble fiber with help you feel full with less food. The fiber will also decrease the likelihood of you binging on unhealthy foods between meals. Add these together, and you have the recipe for weight-loss success.

TAMES TUMMY TROUBLES:

The pectin content in apple cider vinegar helps treat diarrhea by forming bulk fibrous matter. The pectin also forms a protective coat for soothing the colon lining and intestinal spasms. Try mixing one or two tablespoons into water, or clear juice like apple juice.

PREVENTS INDIGESTION:

Sip before eating, especially if you know you’re going to indulge in foods that cause indigestion. Add 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink it 30 minutes before you eat.

HELPS CLEAR A STUFFY NOSE AND SOOTHES SORE THROATS:

Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink. This helps sinus drainage. When you feel the prickle of a sore throat, start drinking this magic potion. Turns out, most germs can’t survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates. Just mix ¼ cup apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup warm water and gargle every hour or so.

HELPS HICCUPS:

Since hiccups are often caused by either low stomach acid slowing the digestion of protein, or eating too much. Apple cider vinegar can be a great solution for hiccups. It restores the acid balance in the stomach and eases irritating spasms of the diaphragm.

REDUCES SWELLING:

Rubbing apple cider vinegar onto swollen hands or feet reduces swelling. A wonderful thing during pregnancy!

EXHAUSTION RELIEF:

Exercise and sometimes extreme stress cause lactic acid to build up in the body, causing fatigue. Apple cider vinegar contains potassium and enzymes that may relieve that tired feeling. Next time you’re feeling beat, add a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar to a glass of chilled vegetable drink or to a glass of water.

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RELIEVES NIGHT TIME LEG CRAMPS:

Apple cider vinegar taken diluted in water twice daily, will dissolve acid crystals in the blood and provide potassium, calcium and other essential minerals to the body needed to ease leg cramps.

BANISHES BAD BREATH:

Due to its acidic properties, apple cider vinegar makes a wonderful remedy for bad breath or halitosis. Simply add 1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into a cup of water and gargle the mixture in your mouth for 10 seconds at a time until the cup is empty.

FIGHTS YEAST INFECTIONS:

One of the best home remedies to treat a yeast infection is apple cider vinegar. Add 1 and a half cups of apple cider vinegar into a bathtub filled with warm water, and then soak in it for about 20 minutes. This should be done once a day for the first 3 days of the infection.

FOOT / SKIN FUNGUS RELIEF:

Just as apple cider vinegar can help kill Candida in the body, it is often useful against yeast and fungus on the skin and nails. If you have foot or toe fungus, soak the feet in 1 cup of apple cider vinegar in water or apply directly to the affected area. For skin fungus or yeast, apply apple cider vinegar directly. For children or those with sensitive skin, it is best to dilute it with water before applying to the skin.

CONTROLS BLOOD SUGAR:

The anti-glycemic effects of apple cider vinegar help to improve insulin sensitivity, which is essential to maintain the sugar levels of blood. Mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of filtered water and take 3 times a day to steady your stomach’s rate of digestion which in turn will keep blood sugar levels more consistent. If you are diabetic, consult your physician.

LOWERS BLOOD CHOLESTEROL:

Research has indicated that apple cider vinegar improves the lipid profile of blood by decreasing the levels of triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) or bad cholesterol, as also by increasing the levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) or good cholesterol. If you have high cholesterol, consult your physician.

RELIEVES ARTHRITIS PAIN:

The potassium in apple cider vinegar may be especially beneficial because it works to prevent calcium build-up in the joints, which is linked to joint stiffness.

IMPROVES BONE HEALTH:

The abundance of calcium, potassium, magnesium, and other vital minerals, makes apple cider vinegar a good candidate for maintaining bone health.

 BEAUTY BENEFITS of Apple Cider Vinegar:

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HAIR RINSE:

Acetic acid, the main ingredient in apple cider vinegar, will remove build up from styling products and conditioners and strengthen the hair shaft, leaving you with soft, shiny strands. It will also balance hair’s pH level, simulate the scalp to promote hair growth, and is a cure for dandruff. Dilute 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar in 4 cups of water and pour over your hair after shampooing. Leave it in for a few seconds before rinse your hair using cold water to seal the hair shaft and create more shine.

FACE MASK:

Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and bentonite clay, add 1 tablespoon raw honey. Apply to skin. Leave this detoxifying, deep-pore treatment on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

SKIN TONER:

Psoriasis sufferers praise apple cider vinegar for reducing inflammation. Apply a few drops to a cotton ball and rub on your T-zone or other dry spots to prevent breakouts and minimize blemishes.

SOOTHING BATH AND FOOT SOAK:

The next time you get ready to slip into a warm bath, add one to two capfuls of apple cider vinegar. It draws toxins out of the body, leaving behind toned and moisturized skin. Use apple cider vinegar to soothe aching and swollen feet.

TEETH WHITENER:

Gargle with apple cider vinegar in the morning. The vinegar helps remove stains, whiten teeth, and kill bacteria in your mouth and gums. Brush as usual after you gargle.

SUNBURN REMEDY:

Relieve the pain of a sunburn and minimize peeling by applying a wash cloth soaked in apple cider vinegar to the area.

ALLEVIATE AGE SPOTS:

Apple cider vinegar contains sulfur that fights the effects of aging, including age spots. Dab age spots, or liver spots, with apple cider vinegar every night before you go to sleep. Do not wash off the vinegar. If you feel a stinging sensation, dilute the vinegar with water. Wash off in the morning.

EASES VARICOSE VEINS:

Apple cider vinegar is great for varicose veins because it improves circulation in the vein wall and helps to ease the bulging and swelling vein so it is less noticeable and less painful. Combine equal parts of apple cider vinegar and your favorite lotion. Apply morning and night to varicose veins in a circular motion until absorbed. Depending on the severity of your varicose veins, you should begin to see improvement within a month.

NATURAL DEODORANT:

Most commercial deodorants are antiperspirants, which block your ability to sweat. Since sweat is one of your body’s natural means of detoxification, blocking your ability to sweat can block your ability to detoxify. Apple cider vinegar absorbs and neutralizes odors. Simply rub a bit of it on your underarms. The vinegary smell dissipates once it dries.

ACNE REMEDY:

Apple cider vinegar kills bacteria and balances skin’s pH level. It also absorbs excessive oil from our skin, which is a leading cause of acne. Mix one part vinegar to 3-4 parts water. Apply solution directly to your skin with clean cotton pad, and leave it there for about ten minutes. After ten minutes, rinse off the vinegar. Repeat this three times a day. For severe cases of acne, the solution can be used overnight without rinsing.

Note: Please consume Apple Cider vinegar in moderation, as advised by doctors. 

 

 


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Eating Watercress is Anti-Ageing, an Aphrodisiac, a cure for Hangovers, and much more!

If you want to roll back the years, forget expensive creams and lotions! A recent study shows that adding one bag of watercress a day to your diet can improve your skin tone and reduce wrinkles! In the new study, 10 out of 11 female volunteers experienced visible improvements to their skin after just four weeks of adding one bag of watercress a day to their diet. One woman even managed to reduce her facial wrinkles by an incredible 39 per cent! Incredible, right? The majority of women also reported increased energy levels. During the trial, the volunteers made no other changes to their usual health and beauty regime. They were allowed to eat their daily quota of watercress in any way they chose – in salads, sandwiches, whizzed into smoothies or wilted into pasta, however it was not allowed to be cooked, only to be consumed fresh.

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Watercress usually grows along the banks of slow-running streams and rivers in Europe, Asia and America. It is characterized by its small, round leaves, with a pungent, peppery flavor. The small white flowers appear in flat clusters are called corymbs. The fresh, tender leaves of watercress have to be harvested just before flowering, because after flowering they become bitter and are no longer good to eat. The health benefits of watercress have been known since ancient days, when it was used as an aphrodisiac by royalty. Watercress has plenty of health and therapeutic properties. However, due to its strong, pungent and bitter taste, it is never used alone, but is always added to juices, salads or other dishes as an ingredient, flavor or garnish.

Benefits of Watercress: 

Anti-anaemic Effect: Watercress is particularly helpful in treating different types of anemia due to its high content in iron. Iron is essential for the synthesis of hemoglobin, and folic acid, which plays a key role in the maturation of red cells in the bone marrow. The right amount of vitamin C in watercress also makes better absorption of iron.

Anti-inflammatory Properties: Watercress is rich in vitamin C, which has an anti-inflammatory action and can help prevent or relieve the symptoms of cold, flu and other types of inflammation.

Anti-oxidant and anti-cancer Effects: Just as many other herbs, watercress is rich in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidant substances help prevent or fight the damage caused by free radicals to body tissues, thereby contributing to prevent premature aging, as well as lower the risk of developing cancer and many other chronic or degenerative diseases.

Aphrodisiac Effect: Several historical sources show that watercress has been used for its aphrodisiac effect since the age of the ancient Romans and Persians. This could be due to its high zinc and iron content.

Blood Glucose: Although not definitely proven, it seems that watercress can help control blood sugar levels and prevent or treat high blood glucose. It is probable that the hypoglycemic effect of watercress is in part due to its high content in soluble fiber, that helps reduce the absorption of carbohydrates from the intestine. This effect is particularly helpful for individuals with diabetes.

Bone Health: The right proportion of calcium, magnesium, manganese, vitamins A, C and K in watercress helps promote and maintain healthy and strong bones.

Cough: The sulphur glycosides found in watercress have been shown to modify bronchial secretions and exert an expectorant effect, which can be used to treat many forms of chronic bronchitis.

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Digestive Function: Watercress does improve digestive function, due to its high content in vitamin C and fiber, which stimulate salivary and gastric secretions and the motility of the intestinal tract respectively.

DNA, preserve: In a laboratory test, it was found that daily consumption of watercress increase the ability of cells to resist DNA damages to lymphocytes (white blood cells).

Eye Health: The high content in phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin are potent anti-oxidants; together with vitamin A and zinc all in this herb help greatly improve eye health.

Hair Health: Watercress can be used topically to treat dandruff and prevent hair loss, due to its sulfur, iron, zinc and vitamin A content. The best results are obtained by rubbing the scalp and the hair with a watercress tincture.

Hangover: A hangover happens when the liver gets overloaded with toxic alcohol. Watercress juice is so concentrated with so much cleansing goodness that it activates the detoxifying enzymes in the liver for detoxifying a hangover.

Purifying Effect: Watercress has been used for centuries for its purifying effects. It enhances the diuresis and helps give the colon a good “spring-cleaning”, thereby effectively removing toxins from the body.

Skin Health: When used topically, watercress juice can be helpful in relieving skin eczema, as well as other skin conditions. Its high content of vitamin A and C best obtained by juicing are also beneficial for healthy skin.

Teeth: Chewing watercress makes teeth stronger. It also cures bleeding of the gum or gingivitis.

Thyroid Gland: The high iodine content in watercress can help prevent goiter, improve the function of the thyroid gland and relieve the symptoms of many forms of hypothyroidism.

 

 


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Oats for breakfast, sure! But Oats for healthy and glowing skin, even better!

A hot bowl of Oatmeal is a healthy and delicious start to the day, but Oats also have amazing skin benefits that we should be taking advantage of. And this wonder food is just what we need to add to our healthy, organic, green and sustainable lifestyle.

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Face Exfoliator:

Combine 1 tsp of ground oatmeal, 1 tsp of lemon juice, and 2 tsp of yogurt and apply to the face. This scrub tones and hydrates the skin.

Cleanser:

Oatmeal is great at removing excess oil and dirt from the body and face, thanks to the saponins it contains. Their cleansing and exfoliating properties make oatmeal a powerful ingredient in many face scrubs, cleansers and shampoos. You can also use ground oats to eliminate excess oil from your scalp, which will give you an extra day or two between washings. Plus, oatmeal has strong anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to relieve itchy, uncomfortable skin.

Hand Scrub:

If you have a sink drain that can handle the roughage, you can make an awesome hand scrub with oatmeal, honey and a dash of olive oil. You can add in your favorite essential oils to make it more fragrant, or just leave as is. It’s great for sensitive skin because it exfoliates gently.

Bath Soak:

Oatmeal, best known for it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, is especially good for sensitive skin. It can be used in the bath for skin softening and very gentle exfoliation. Next time your skin is feeling rough from the harsh winds of winter, add a 1/2 cup of oatmeal to your bath with some lavender essential oil. Your skin will feel softer and the aromatherapy effects of the lavender will help you relax and rejuvenate.

Dry Shampoo:

Oatmeal works great as a dry shampoo as the oats absorb excess oil. Just rub some ground oats over your scalp and brush out the excess oats with a boar bristle brush. Voila, natural dry shampoo!

Hydration:

Oatmeal helps with hydration because it is rich in lipids. It locks in moisture and its proteins protect the skin’s barrier function.

Skin Reliever:

Oatmeal mixed with cool water can be beneficial for sunburn, windburn, redness, chicken pox, eczema and itchiness. Bathing in colloidal oatmeal (finely ground) can really sooth irritated skin.

Face Mask:

Oatmeal helps with acne because it contains ‘saponins’, which remove dirt from pores and are anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants. Oatmeal is also very moisturizing due to the high level of healthy fat in it.

 

 


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What is Argan Oil and why is it such a popular beauty trend worldwide?

What is Argan Oil? Argan Oil is pressed from the nut of the fruit of the Argan Tree, which is only found in the semi-desert area of South- Western Morocco. The argan tree lives to be about 150 to 200 years old and does not start producing the fruit, which is smaller than apricots, until it is 30 to 50 years old. Because the tree is found only in a limited area, the oil itself is quite rare. Argan Oil is not made from a nut at all. Argania spinosa trees are fruit bearing, and Argan Oil is made from the kernel inside of the pit of the fruit. So this product is nut-free. The extraction of the oil from that kernel inside the fruit is done by hand is very time consuming. The fruit of the Argan tree is green in early spring and then turns gold and falls from the tree. At that point it is then picked up and opened. The outer layer of fruit is often given to local goats to enjoy and the pits are taken from the inside of the fruit. These pits are then allowed to dry in the marvelous Moroccan sun. Then the hard work begins. Each pit is cracked between two stones. The kernels are then removed, crushed in a mortar with a pestle, and then ground into a thick paste by hand with a stone quern. The paste is then squeezed to produce the oil. The solid part of the paste is used as animal feed or a type of soap.

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There are two varieties of Argan Oil:

Argan Oil for Culinary Use: One is for culinary purposes and the other is for cosmetic use. If the oil is to be used in cuisine, the kernels are roasted before grinding. This brings out the delicious nutty flavour in the oil. Roasted kernels produce a lot more oil than unroasted kernels. This is why culinary Argan Oil is less expensive than cosmetic version.

Argan Oil for Cosmetic Use: This is made from raw, unfrosted pits. It, too, has a bit of a green, nutty aroma when you first apply it, but that scent completely disappears within a few minutes. Beware of “deodorized” Argan Oil. The process used to take the aroma out of the oil is said to damage the miraculous abilities of pure, unaltered Argan Oil.

What do Goats Have to Do With it?

Morocco’s mountain goat, called the Tamri goat, eats the fruit of the Argan tree. The goats literally climb the tree to get to the nut. Goats find this fruit so delicious they are willing to climb the prickly Argan trees to get at it, sometimes even ten goats at one time! For a tree that only grows to be about 35 feet tall, that’s a lot of goats!

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Goats also damage Argan trees as they climb them in their quest for lunch. In the past, the pits from the goat’s droppings were cracked open and the kernels inside were pressed to make Argan Oil. The argan oil producers would then take the droppings of the goats, which had the seed completely undigested, and use that to produce the argan oil. While we’re sure that is still practiced today, some argan oil producers today are producing the oil, goat-free. The journey through the digestive system of a goat is not a necessary step in the process of making quality Argan Oil.

Argan Oil Beauty Benefits:

Argan Oil is the best beauty ingredient. Here are some easy ways to include argan oil in your beauty regimen.

  • Hair: Argan oil is a great product to calm frizzy ends, add moisture to dry hair as well as add a little shine. Apply to your hair while it is still damp for an all over treatment or apply just to your dry ends after your hair is dry.
  • Scalp: If you’re dealing with dry scalp, apply some argan oil to a cotton ball and dab your scalp with the oil. If you do this before bed, you’ll give the oil plenty of time to moisturize your scalp before you wash your hair in the morning.
  • Face: It might seem scary to apply a pure oil to your face, especially if you have sensitive skin, but it will become smooth, clear and radiant, all thanks to using argan oil as your daily morning moisturizer.
  • Body: You can use argan oil for a full body moisturizer, applying just as you would a body lotion or cream. Apply the oil right after you get out of your shower for best moisturizing results.
  • Hands: Argan oil is a great oil to use on your hands, especially on your cuticles and on your nails, if they are prone to cracking and peeling.

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Composition of Argan Oil:

Argan Oil is made up of unsaturated fatty acids, Vitamin E/tocopherols, squalene and sterols. Each of these components is unique and useful for different reasons. Some act as antioxidants, while others help with chronic inflammation. Some properties are even known for their ability to protect against skin cancer and for being anti-tumorigenic.


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Eating Cucumbers everyday can make your body beautiful, inside out!

Our bodies crave cooling fluids in the summer and instead of reaching out for sodas and artificially flavored drinks, we should hydrate our bodies with foods that contain a lot of water, like the Cucumber. Cucumbers have an impressive amount of water (about 95%) that is naturally distilled, which makes it superior to ordinary water. Its skin contains a high percentage of vitamin A, so that should not be peeled off and eaten as well. Cucumber contains alkaline-forming minerals and is an excellent source of vitamin C and A (anti-oxidants), folate, manganese, molybdenum, potassium, silica, sulfur, and lesser amounts of vitamin B complex, sodium, calcium, and phosphorus. Cucumbers are easy to eat raw and on-the-go, in our fast-paced lives.

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Benefits of eating Cucumbers every day: 

  1. Calories in cucumbers are very low and it contains just 15 grams of calories per 100 grams. It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. Daily consumption of cucumbers is regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.
  2. Cucumber peel is a very good source of dietary fibre that helps to reduce constipation, indigestion and prevents stomach related diseases by eliminating toxic compounds from the gut. It also has healing attributes in relation to the diseases of urinary bladder and kidney. The water content in cucumber aids the function of kidney by promoting urination. Regular consumption of cucumber can also dissolve kidney stones over time.
  3. Digestive problems like heartburn, acidity, gastritis and even ulcer can be cured by daily consumption of cucumber or cucumber juice. It can also treat the problem of constipation. It contains an enzyme called Erepsin which aids in the digestion of protein.
  4. Cucumber seeds are considered a natural remedy to eliminate tape worm from intestinal tracts. The seeds also have anti inflammatory properties which are effective in the treatment of swellings of mucous membranes of the nose and throat.
  5. Cucumbers are one of the best sources of potassium and contain 147 milligrams of potassium per 100 grams. This heart friendly electrolyte reduces blood pressure levels in the body and reduces heart rate by minimising the effects of sodium.
  6. Cucumbers contain a good amount of antioxidants like B carotene, a carotene, zea-xanthin and lutein. These compounds scavenge against free radicals that lead to ageing and other age related diseases.
  7. Fresh cucumber extracts are also known to reduce unwanted inflammation. It accomplishes the task by inhabiting activity of pro inflammatory enzymes like cyclo-oxyenase and by preventing over production of nitric oxides which leads to excessive inflammation.
  8. Cucumber juice contains hormones which are needed by the pancreas for producing insulin which is extremely beneficial to diabetic patients. Copper in cucumber also aids to produce healthy blood cells and improves blood circulation in the body
  9. Cucumbers are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These 3 lignans are strongly connected with reducing the risk of developing several kinds of cancer like breast cancer, colon cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer. When we consume these lignans, bacteria found in our digestive tract take hold of these lignans and convert them into enterolignans. These enterolignans bind on to the estrogens receptors to reduce estrogens related diseases like cancer.
  10. Cucumbers also combat bad breath. The vegetable releases phytochemical which kill the bad breath causing bacteria. Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of the mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds. The phytochemicals will kill the bacteria responsible for causing bad breath. Raw cucumber increases salivation and brings a neutralisation of acids and alkali in oral cavity. Cucumber juice can effectively treat gum diseases like pyorrhoea and weak gums.
  11. Hangovers and headaches can be eased and cured by eating cucumbers.  This is because they help to rehydrate the body’s nutrients and eliminate the toxins that are present due to the intake of alcohol. Eat few cucumber slices before going to bed. The sugar, vitamin B and electrolytes content in cucumber will reduce the intensity of hangover and headache.
  12. Cucumbers have mild diuretic properties owing to its high potassium and water content. It also has a good amount of manganese, potassium and fibre which regulates the blood pressure and treats both high and low blood pressure. Steam produced while boiling cucumber acts as a stress reliever and calms and relaxes the senses and muscles.
  13. Cucumbers contain 95% water which hydrates and replenishes the body by eliminating the toxins. The high water content in cucumber acts as a system cleanser and sweeps the waste products out of the system.
  14. The Vitamin K in cucumbers plays a very important role in strengthening bones by promoting orthotropic activity. The high amount of silica in it promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissue. It is also a good source of calcium making it perfect for vegan diet. Getting enough calcium also maintains the body’s hormone balance by controlling hormone release.
  15. Copper in cucumbers help people to make neurotransmitters, the family of chemicals, which brain needs to communicate. It also helps in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease by limiting neutral damage in the brain.

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Benefits of Cucumber for your SKIN:

Almost all hair and skin care products are manufactured using cucumber as one of its main ingredients. The raw fruit is also used in many beauty parlours in facial processes to reduce wrinkles and puffiness around the eyes. Some of the major skin benefits of cucumber are:

  • The greatest and most important skin benefit of cucumber is revitalisation of the skin. Facial masks containing cucumber juice are beneficial for skin tightening.
  • It has a mild bleaching property which can reverse skin tanning and get youthful and glowing skin.
  • If you are worried about eye puffiness then cucumbers can provide you with instant relief. The ascorbic acid and caffeic acid in cucumber brings down the water retention rate which in turn diminishes the swelling and puffiness around the yes.
  • Putting cucumber slices or puree on sunburnt skin brings instant relief. Thus cucumber is a natural and gentle way to treat sun burns.
  • The most common use of cucumber pulp and juice is to improve complexion and rejuvenate the skin. Mix cucumber juice with a few drop of lemon juice and apply it as a facial mask. This will improve the complexion and will add a glow to the skin.
  • You can also use cucumbers to treat open pores. Extract cucumber juice and use it as a toner. You can also mix it with apple cider vinegar, tomato pulp and Aloe Vera gel to make it more effective.
  • Putting cucumber slices around your eyes reduces the appearance of dark circles quickly. The abundance of antioxidants and silica within the cucumber can rejuvenate the skin and fade dark circles. Place 2 slices of cucumbers on the eyes and leave it for 20 minutes or you can also soak 2 cotton balls in cucumber juice and place them on your eyes.
  • You can use grated cucumbers to treat freckles and blemishes. Apply cucumber juice all over the face to treat freckles and spots.

Benefits of Cucumber for your HAIR:

  • The most important benefit of cucumber for hair is its hair strengthening properties. Cucumber in the form of the juice contributes to the hair growth primarily due to its content of silicon, sulphur sodium, phosphorus and calcium which are some of the most needed nutrients required for hair growth. Drink cucumber juice daily to control hair fall.
  • Cucumber juice can also be used as a hair rinse to get silky and shiny hair. It conditions the hair and makes it more manageable.

Consumption Tips:

Choose cucumbers that are dark green in color and firm to your touch. Avoid those that are yellowish or are wrinkled at either end. Thinner cucumbers have fewer seeds than those that are thicker. Store cucumbers in the fridge to retain their freshness. Cut and sliced cucumbers should be kept in an air-tight container in the fridge and consumed within a day or two.

Whenever possible, buy Organic Cucumbers as they may be waxed or  have pesticides otherwise.

 


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What is the Pineal Gland and how does it activate our third eye awareness?

What is the Pineal Gland, you might wonder? The pineal gland (also called the pineal body, epiphysis cerebra, epiphysis, conarium or the third eye) is a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain. It produces the serotonin derivative melatonin, a hormone that affects the modulation of wake/sleep patterns and seasonal functions. Its shape resembles a tiny pine cone (hence its name), and it is located near the centre of the brain, between the two hemispheres, tucked in a groove where the two rounded thalamic bodies join.Image

The pineal gland is activated by light, and it controls the various bio-rhythms of the body. It works in harmony with the hypothalamus gland which directs the body’s thirst, hunger, sexual desire and the biological clock that determines our aging process. When it awakens, one feels a pressure at the base of the brain.

Activation of the third eye is something that carries into all aspects of life, namely,

1. Enhanced mental imaging
2. Clearer and more accurate perception of your life’s purpose
3. Enabling or enhancing one’s ability to see what is known as the “awareness matrix/grid”
4. Easier discernment of a person’s true intention
5. Easier Astral Projection

While the physiological function of the pineal gland has been unknown until recent times, mystical traditions have long known this area in the middle of the brain to be the connecting link between the physical and spiritual worlds. Many have said that awakening the third eye acts as a “stargate”. The pineal gland is seen as a gateway that leads to inner realms and spaces of higher consciousness.

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Calcification of the Pineal Gland:

Most people’s pineal glands are heavily calcified by the time they are 17 years old, so much so that they show up as a lump of calcium during an MRI. Calcification is the build up of calcium phosphate crystals in various parts of the body. The pineal gland begins to calcify due to the harmful effects of artificial substances such as flouride chemicals found in public water systems and toothpaste, hormones and additives put into processed foods and sugars and artificial sweeteners dumped into soft drinks. Cell phones are also being pinpointed as being harmful to the pineal gland due to high concentrations of radiation.

How to Decalcify your Pineal Gland:

The idea of having a calcified pineal gland can be likened to a door being glued shut. With constant pushing, the door will eventually break open. The best ways to decalcify your third eye are:

1. Avoid all things fluoride: Tap water, cooking with tap water, fluoridated toothpaste, inorganic fruits and vegetables, showers without filter, red meat, and any sodas and artificial food and drinks. It is difficult to stick to only organic fruits and vegetables, but it is important to start where you are and begin to make those changes where it is possible.

2. Pineal gland detoxifiers and stimulants: Hydrilla Verticillata, Chlorella, Spirulina, blue-green algae, Iodine, Zeolite, ginseng, borax, D3, Bentonite clay, chlorophyll, blue skate liver oil.

3. Foods: Raw cacao, goji berries, cilantro, watermelon, bananas, Honey, Coconut Oil, hemp seeds, seaweed, and noni juice.

4. Essentials Oils can be used to help stimulate the Pineal Gland and facilitate states of higher awareness including meditation, astral projection, etc. Good essential oils for Pineal Gland purposes include: Lavender, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Parsley, Davana, Pine, Pink Lotus, and Mugwort (excess use of Mugwort has a neurotoxin effect if inhaled directly, so be careful!). Essential oils can be smelled, burned in a diffuser or nebulizer, and added to bath water.

5. Citric acid: Lots of lemons work.

6. Garlic: Take about half a bulb a day or more for a while, if you crush it and soak in raw apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice, it will deodorize it. You can use the leftover vinegar or lemon juice on a salad.

7. Raw apple cider vinegar: Contains malice acid. Take a lot of it. Make sure it’s raw, as that is very important.

8. Sungazing: Gazing at the sun during the first 15 minutes of sunrise and last 15 minutes of sunset will do wonders for your pineal gland.

9. Regular Meditation and Chanting: Chanting causes the tetrahedron bone in the nose to resonate and this resonance causes the Pineal Gland to be stimulated and when it is stimulated it secretes more beneficial hormones, and remember: these beneficial hormones keep your appearance youthful. The sound “OM” resonates with the Fourth Chakra, known as the Heart Center. Chanting OM opens you up to a more universal and united awareness. You can chant 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or however long you desire to.

10. Crystals that benefit the Pineal Gland include: Amethyst (wand), Laser Quartz (wand), Moonstone, Pietersite, Purple Sapphire, Purple Violet Tourmaline, Rhodonite, Rose Aura, and Sodalite. However, any indigo, violet, or dark purple gemstone or crystal can be used to stimulate the Pineal Gland and open/balance/align the 6th and 7th Chakras. Placed directly on the 3rd eye or brow chakra for 15-30 minutes a day or every other day will help to open/balance/align the 3rd Eye (Brow) chakra. The best exercise for Pineal Gland stimulation and health is to take an amethyst obelisk crystal or an amethyst wand, point it at the 3rd eye (point of the wand should touch your skin) and look up directly at the Sun with your eyes closed. Do this everyday or whenever you feel like it for about 5-10 minutes. You can also use the Laser Quartz (wand) as well. Quartz crystal benefits every single chakra.


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Is the “Brown Rice is better than White Rice” comparison a big, fat LIE?

In our eternal quest for health, somewhere down the line, we started believing in the White Rice is bad, and Brown Rice is good competition via super markets and ads. We’re not sure who started this comparison, but there are many reasons it is not entirely true and may just be a big fat white lie, more than fact. Image

The claim: White foods are bad for you.
The truth: Many nutrition experts demonize white rice, potatoes, pasta, white bread, etc. because it’s an easy rule to remember and grasp, but these foods are really only a problem if you overeat them, which usually happens when you slather them in salty, fatty, sugary sauces, also making them a vehicle for salt, sugar, and fat.

The claim: Brown rice is higher in fiber (one cup of cooked brown rice packs about three grams of fiber, while white contains only .5 grams), so it will keep you feeling full longer.
The truth: If rice were the only thing being consumed at a meal, brown rice would likely take a bit longer to digest, and hence, someone would probably be more satiated after eating it. Satiety is governed by the components of an entire meal, though, so if someone was having curry lentils, veggies, and a side of white rice instead of brown, it probably wouldn’t make much of a difference.

The claim: Brown rice is less processed than white and is therefore healthier.
The truth: Usually the more unprocessed a food, the better, because it contains more nutrients, but in this case the unprocessed component of the brown-rice grain contains both nutrients (good things for us to consume) and some anti nutrients (maybe not a good thing for us to consume), which are what the plant uses as a defense system against pests.

The claim: White rice is packed with empty calories.
The truth: Rice has been a part of many healthy cultures for years, and since it’s what I call ‘calorie dilute’ (a low number of calories per unit of food), it’s tough to overconsume. To put it in perspective:

100 grams of cooked rice = 130 calories
100 grams of cooked ground beef = 260 calories
100 grams of Skittles = 410 calories”

The bottom line is that you can’t really go wrong either way. Alternating grains each time you eat a meal is a good way to maintain balance.